Actress, Model, and Singer Whitney Houston was a global megastar in 1990. She had given several hit records and was crowned “The Voice” by fans. Her massive popularity led her to make a foray into acting, she eventually made her debut in the movie “The Bodyguard”. The film was originally meant for Diana Ross in the 70s, it revolved around for decades and finally, the lead role was offered to Houston.
Although it was a biggest project, Houston turned it down because she didn’t want to begin her career with a starring role. She was worried that people would dog her for doing this. But Kevin Costner who was already involved in the movie refused to do it with anyone except Houston. He nearly waited for a year and even called her personally and told her that he would guide her through the role. At that time Costner said, “We delayed the movie for a year waiting for Whitney Houston. There is an exotic quality to Whitney, there is this unique thing about her, and everyone is in love with her.”
Whitney stated that Costner’s passion for her to be in the movie attracted her the most. “I heard that he wanted me the most in the movie and not anyone else. It intrigued me. I thought why anyone else can do the movie?” Costner admitted that he is very fond of Houston prior to sho-oting and he fall for her while making the movie. Their chemistry was amazing in the movie and they become really good friends after the movie. Then, he started writing letters to her often.
Costner Was Married To Christine Baumgartner For about 18 Years
Although Costner’s emotions for Houston were clear and apparent, he was already a married man while making the movie “The Bodyguard”. His wife Cindy Costner is also an actress but she is not on the same level as her husband. They had three children and they were married for 16 years. Unfortunately, Kevin didn’t manage his fame properly and he began to change while his career was taking off. Cindy charge him of being unfaithful and she was clearly against his obsession with Houston.
Reports state that at that time Costner was completely into Houston and it was known to all. His feelings were very apparent both on and off set.
At that time he was also tied with several other women like actress Sheri Stewart and Christine Dennard. Cindy was frustrated with Costner’s behavior she hired a private detective and confronted him while he was filming Waterworld in Hawaii. When she reached there she came to know that Costner was secretly dating a dancer on Michelle Amaral Island. He also had affairs with the waitresses at the restaurant in Pasadena. Finally, in 1994 they got divorced and Cindy was to be awarded $50 million. Eventually, in 2004 Kevin remarried the model Christine Baumgartner.
Meanwhile, Whitney Houston’s love life took a different road. She married Bobby Brown and stayed together for years. And after their divorce, she was linked with R&B singer Ray. Some rumors also flooded about her dating her assistant Robyn Crawford on and off in her life. Houston and Costner never officially dated together they remain friends. When she lost her life in 2012 Costner was the first to come forward and speak about her. He revealed that he and Houston has bonded strongly while growing up in a Baptist church. While speaking at her entombment, he revealed how much he helped and encourage her during her first movie shoot and how she inspired the film. He also stated that the actress had a hand in selecting the movie’s signature song, “I Will Always Love You.”
In April 2012, Costner told Anderson Copper that he tried his best to save Whitney from addiction. He used to write regularly to him but he doesn’t know if she very read his letter or not.
Costner admits that Whitney was his one true love. In regret of not being able to save her as he did in their movie, he released a statement, “I will continue to live with that pain for the rest of my life.” He also added that the song, ‘I Will Always Love You’ is still his ringtone. But Whitney never spoke about her and Costner’s chemistry, it is said that after filming with Bobby she shut down things immediately.